Nick Hoult

Nick Hoult

Cricket writer for @telegraphsport, @telecricket, runner with @elrunners

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Today is the first time I've had porridge at lunch in a cricket match...but anyway here is a quick take on day one that belonged to England (that's not me in the pic)

Sri Lanka 65-3 at lunch. Leach looking very good on his return. Broad excellent first spell. Wood peppered Mathews with a couple of short balls. Two missed catches the downside. England's first session.

Nine overs in the first hour. Nine. Good for England though. 23-2

Lawrence falls for 73 on debut, same score as Root in his first Test innings. Great start

Lesley was one of the kindest and nicest people I have ever met in this job and totally professional in organising the lives of some very disorganised people. We will all miss her

Test match off for the day. England cruising. 185 ahead. Root 168 .


Root at toss:"I had a quid. I didn't know they provided a coin. I didn't want to look like a tight Yorkshireman who turned up with nothing"

England have a bloke batting at three who likes to bat four, a bloke batting four who likes to bat five, a bloke batting five who likes to bat six, a bloke batting six who was picked as a specialist no 7 and a no 7 who scored 219 last week batting at no 3

This Cook innings has now lasted longer (782 mins) than the entire 4th Ashes Test at Trent Bridge last summer. #trainspottingcricket 

Cricket has never known a time like it. Front and back pages of every paper

Holder on Alzarri Joseph: “Two or 3 years ago I visited his Mum. She was not well but fought through and I felt it personally when I got the news she had passed away. To see him in tears was even harder. We got in the huddle and just wanted to do it for him, his Mum and family.”

Bring back club cricket: The Telegraph launches campaign to lift ban on nation's summer sport

Buttler went from 50 to 100 in 16 balls: .4246641421.6266

That Anderson innings in full: ………………………………………………w